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A very nice autumnal salad. Served this last night with sausage and pumpkin pasta (#15276) for our annual pumpkin carving dinner party. All went well and I recieved compliments all around. A few changes I made to the salad: I was out of pecans so I used walnuts and as one of my dinner guests is alergic to raw apples I replaced them with pomegranate seeds- pretty and TASTEY! This is a keeper.
If I could give this recipe more than 5 stars I would! The dressing is wonderful - sweet yet slightly tart, too, and the combination of apples, toasted pecans and spinach is terrific. I doubled the dressing ingredients (the single recipe just did not look like enough), substituted a Granny Smith apple, and used a 6 oz. package of baby spinach. Perfection! My kids gave it a thumbs up as well. We will definitely be making this one again and again.
Sharlene, you and Junebug made me a star at a family get together. I used organic baby spinach about 12 ounces. This salad should receive more than 5 stars. I let the apples and onion marinade in the sauce. Junebug's Baked Corn Casserole #36673.
Wonderful salad and dressing! Only change I made was that I used walnuts because I didn't have pecans. The whole family loved it, and I have another half of a package of spinach to use to make it again tonight!!
I served this over the weekend w/chicken and cannellini soup. Yummy! Thanks for posting!
Definitely lives up the the reviews! Was nervous the dressing may not make enough, but it was perfect. Soaked the onions in the dressing for about 20 minutes, which took out the bite. Also substituted honey for sugar and candied the pecans. Will definitely make again, possibly including goats cheese.
Yummy but hard to pick up the nuts on your fork. DD (toddler) even liked it a lot too. I did add sweetened dried cranberries like another reviewer but would not do so again. I used unrefined extra virgin olive oil, organic apple cider vinegar, regular mustard, local liquid honey instead of sugar to be much healthier, sea salt, peeled Mackintosh apple because it was not organic and the type I had on hand but I would like to try this with the called for kind of apple, vindalia onion instead of red onion out of preference, baby spinach mixed with baby arugula as that is what I had on hand (was fine and may do so again), I toasted the pecans in a dry pan, no sugar for health reasons, plus the freshly ground black pepper. I will try this again with the called for type of apple insha Allah (God willing).
I served this to my husband for our second anniversary dinner. We both enjoyed it. My husband called it a do-over, meaning that he wants me to make it again. What a delicious salad. Thanks for contributing to a romantic evening.
Only change I made was using a blend of wine and white vinegar in place of the apple cider. Turned out great- everyone loced this. Served it with a gingered carrot soup and cheese lasagna. Thanks!
Wonderful salad! My husband especially loves it. It is so simple and delicious. I have used walnuts and macadamia nuts when I did not have pecans and it was still great.